The black and white shot, showing two men dressed from head to toe in leather, was called Larry and Bobby Kissing. Look at the pictures. Robert left a legacy of thousands of beautiful photographs of faces, flowers and fetishes when he died of Aids on 9 March at the age of
True artists are distinguished by the complex emotions they bring to the artistic process and by the enduring impact of their art. In the s Robert Mapplethorpein his 20s, conceived of a successful career as a photographer. From the start, his work stunned the art world.
One of the most prolific and influential artists of the twentieth century, American photographer Robert Mapplethorpethe master of art photography, famed for his highly controversial and sexually explicit images, radically changed the preconceptions of medium and stretched its boundaries, both in themes and style. Often underestimated and even more often dismissed as being nothing more than pornography, Mapplethorpe created fine art photography of explicit nude forms, influenced both by classical traditions of great masters like Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and, on the other end, surrealist photographs of Man Ray. Born in the suburbs of New York Floral Park in Queens, a good place, as he once said, to come from and to leave inRobert Mapplethorpe enrolled in Brooklyn-based Pratt University inwhere he studied painting, drawing and sculpture. During this formative period of his life, Mapplethorpe lived with his friend, punk-rock musician and writer Patti Smith, who supported him both financially and artistically.
His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudesself-portraits and still-life images of flowers. The homoeroticism of this work fueled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork. He had three brothers and two sisters.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-portrait, Promised gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. You know an exhibition's going to be stimulating when its signage warns visitors of sexually-explicit content, and in Robert Mapplethorpe's case, the label's not surprising.
Patti Smith's boyfriend, the gay New York artist who died of AIDS, the man who took a picture of fisting and called it art: However you know of cult photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, it's strange that we know so little about the man himself. Famed for shooting male nudes, the scandal of the homoeroticism in his pictures has overshadowed both the artist and work itself. His photos are striking, even today still reasonably shocking, and unflinching.
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